NC supreme court to hear lawsuit concerning Randleman Reservoir
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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — The North Carolina Supreme Court this month will reportedly hear oral arguments in a lawsuit against the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority, which oversees the Randleman Regional Reservoir.
The High Point Enterprise reported the case will be heard on Oct. 16 at the Supreme Court building in Raleigh.
The lawsuit focuses on claims made years ago by property owners who argue the construction of the reservoir “infringed on their riparian rights” by obstructing the downstream water flow of the Deep River, the paper reports.
The plaintiffs are suing for damages as a result of the decreased water flow, which they say hampers hydroelectric power generation.
A local Superior Court judge ruled against the Water Authority three years ago, the Enterprise reports. The ruling was upheld last spring by the N.C. Court of Appeals, however the defendant requested a case review by the state Supreme Court.
The plaintiffs reportedly appear to be seeking several million dollars in damages.